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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Inspired Quill (14 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908600063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908600066
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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My usual reading material is light. Crime fiction, horror, action/romance. I make a point of not reading anything to 'heavy' Life is tough enough as it is without my reading about it too. Same with films, plays etc. You may ask why buy it then? The description said 'The work is edgy' I wasn't sure what was meant by that and it was only £2.05 so what the heck.

I have not read all of the short stories yet and I couldn't really say I enjoyed them, for the reasons above, but I have to say the ones I have read so far have made me think and one on particular moved me to tears.

So the author here has taken me outside my comfort zone. I guess that is a back handed compliment of some kind and a tribute to the writing. Hats off. I think this collection is something I may dip in and out of. The mother about to lose her children is kind of haunting me. I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing.
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This book intrigued me when I saw that it contained a number of short stories that focus in on a single moment in the life of different individuals. A concept I thought had the potential to be thought-provoking and moving. And in general, Claiming One delivers. Through the exploration of poignant moments in her characters' lives, EJ Runyon stirs emotions in the reader that makes a book like this difficult to get out of your mind days after having read it. If you choose to read this book be prepared to cry out in frustration one second and then genuinely have a good cry the next, you are so touched by the characters.

Runyon's ability to evoke emotions is impressive but my main criticism would be that overall I found it a bit too pessimistic. It's cetainly not a light-hearted feel good read and parts of it actually made me feel quite depressed about life. I'm well aware life isn't all rosy, but I would have liked to have seen some more comical moments to contrast the bitterness of some of the stories.

So if you're looking for a bit of light-relied, Claiming One might not be your cup of tea. That said, if you want something which is going to challenge your views about life whilst stirring up your emotions, this book is ideal.
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I am a pretty blinkered reader, scifi, horror and fantasy are my usual purchases.

However, I bought and read this book to experience more of this well liked author, over the course of a couple of days and find I was touched.

Not sure which story made the above reviwer (is that a word?) teary eyed, but Songs for a Lion brought a lump to my throat.

The stories are so honest, down to earth and wonderfully descriptive, I am really pleased I tried it out.

Thank you :)
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Tiny snapshots of other lives, great characterisation and, after the stories finished, I was always left wondering what happened next.
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I'd been looking forward to reading this book for a while now. I'm about to take the leap into a book of short stories myself, and I've been a little nervous about whether or not short stories can go together in a cohesive manner.

The problem usually lies with the stories just not fitting well enough together that if you hit one you don't like, it makes it tough to move on to the next, or if you read one you're in love with, it suddenly stops and throws you into something else.

Well I can safely say I didn't have that problem at all with Claiming One. Yes, all of the stories were different. The characters were all unique, none of them ran together, the stories were all distinct and well thought out. Some were told in past tense, and then you'd hit one in present tense, but it all simply worked.

They were all hard hitting in their own way, each of the characters touching and affecting, which I loved about the book. The writing was very tight, not overly descriptive, but each of the stories painted a picture in my head that stuck with me.

When I started on the short story that was told in present tense, I thought I was going to hate it. I've always taken issue with that style of prose, and I thought that was the story that was going to push my review from five to four stars- but it wasn't. It actually worked really well, and I loved it.

I'm trying to leave this review without spoilers because it's such a great read. It moves swiftly, but allows you to savor if you want to take time between each one, and it's something that I can come back to again and again.

I'm giving this a firm five stars and I can't wait to read more of Runyon's work!
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